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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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The four UK higher education funding bodies carried out a consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework in early 2017.

This process sought views on our proposed approach to implementing the recommendations of Lord Stern’s independent review of the exercise along with a number of detailed points informed by our evaluation of REF. 

Following consultation the funding bodies have taken initial decisions on key areas of REF policy.

The funding bodies required further evidence and discussion to inform decisions on some aspects of the framework. Following this period of engagement, the 'Decisions on staff and outputs' have been set out.


Page last updated 21 November 2017